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Gratitude

The question showed up several times in my Twitter my feed over the past few days: What are you most thankful for and how do you celebrate it every day?

It was a request from Gail Lynne Goodwin who compiled a list of 100 answers she received via tweets on her blog at Inspire Me Today.

And it was a question that, try as I might, I just couldn't answer.

The first part of the question is easy to answer on the surface. What are you most thankful for? There are so many things I'm grateful for -- starting with my family and friends continuing with my job and co-workers on to my health and my ability to do the things I love. I'm grateful for the education I have received, and continue to receive. Grateful for faith that is mine alone and for learning from the faiths of others.

I'm not sure which of those, however, I am "most" thankful for. It changes daily, sometimes hourly. Because what's important to me in any specific moment might bring about new reasons to be filled with gratitude. I'm not sure I can rank my thankfulness or even single one thing out. Truth is, once you start listing the things you're grateful for, the more abundance you see already exists in your life.

But the real hang up was the second part of the question: how do you celebrate it every day?

And on that question, I was stuck.

How do I celebrate my gratitude every day?

I have tried to make it a habit in the mornings to think about the things I am grateful for as way to start my day on a positive note. But that's not really celebrating.

Celebrations, we know, don't need to be elaborate. They can be a smile, a laugh, a happy dance. Still, we tend to reserve celebrations for big events or major holidays. But what if we did celebrate every day? How would that look? How would it make us feel?

This morning will be my second showing in the annual 8K Turkey Trot down Delaware Avenue into downtown Buffalo. Perhaps I'll celebrate by doing my happy dance at the start line. I can celebrate my gratitude for friends and health and running before the gun even goes off. And then, perhaps, see the race through completely different eyes.

--- Amy Moritz
Follow Journey to the Finish Line on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amymoritz

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